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  1. Geneva 2013: Cars relevant to India ?

    There are lots of launches which happen at these International motorshows and there are alot of cars that are relevant to our country and which can come here soon. Since the Geneva Motor Show begins soon, here is a small list of cars which I though will hit our shores soon. What do you think? The facelifted Chevrolet Captiva The Mercedes CLA Fiat Crossover makes a lot of sense in India The Grand Cherokee from Jeep. This should be here soon A performance Polo. This should make petrolheads happy Any other cars ?
  2. The Aveo U-VA never really took off when it was launched. It was a very ordinary car with dull interiors and poor plastics. Wasnt fun to drive either so eventually it failed to gather a good sales figure for GM in India. Now Chevy is back in a second innings with an all new hatchback the Sail U-VA. (The 'Sail' name reminds one of the Opel Corsa hatchback) It is actually going to be the first locally produced and re engineered for India Chinese car. From the pictures, the looks are not very modern or new age . It looks just like an ordinary hatch. The same can be said about the interiors. However the Sail is going to come with the option of a diesel engine which was missed in the Aveo U-VA. No prizes for guessing what powerplant it will use. Yes, its our National engine the Fiat 1.3 MJD. The petrol will have a 1.2 liter unit. With competitors like the Swift, Figo, Liva and the Micra, the Sail will surely have its work cut out. Do you think the Sail hatch will bring in the volumes for Chevrolet, something which the predecessor couldnt? Or will it turn out to be another sales dud?
  3. Im super thrilled that the Jeep brand is coming to India soon. I remember the time when way back in 1993 the Cherokee was supposed to enter the country through Mahindra. I still dont know why that didnt work out. Now its coming for sure with the Jeep and Chrysler brands now owned by Fiat. But I do have my concerns. Fiat makes great cars but their After Sales Service and Spares network has a bad reputation. Thats the reason for the dismal sale of Fiat products in India. I just hope this is not the case when these two American brands are launched here. Fiat have a lot of work to do on that front. Do you think the launch of Jeep and Chrysler will change Fiats fortunes in India? Will owners get good service? I think only time will . But I cant wait to see the Grand Cherokee officially sold here What do you guys think?
  4. India-bound Jeep Cherokee revealed

    Here is the picture of the Cherokee that is the first model will be produced after the alliance of Chrysler and Fiat. It is slated to be officially unveiled at the New York motor show in March, and will replace the company’s smaller SUV, the Liberty, internationally. Mind you this is not the Big Daddy Grand Cherokee but more of an entry level crossover, which could be priced in the Honda CR-V range. The new Jeep Cherokee is based on a version of Fiat’s ‘Compact Wide’ platform, which underpins the US-market Dodge Dart saloon, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and the Fiat Viaggio. The platform is capable of accommodating a four-wheel-drive system, V6 engines and diesels, all of which will be available in the new Jeep. The petrol V6, which is unlikely to make it to India, will be a 3.2-litre version of Chrysler’s 3.6-litre unit. It will also be the first Fiat-Chrysler vehicle to get a new nine-speed automatic gearbox. This transmission is said to be “the future of the front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive world of Chrysler”, according to CEO Sergio Marchionne. Read more here: http://www.autocarindia.com/News/330974,india-bound-jeep-cherokee-revealed.aspx What do you think? I feel it looks like just any other small SUV and somehow it is lacking the character of its bigger brother. Looks weird from the front
  5. Mercedes today launched the G63 AMG in India. This replaces the G55 which made its debut in the country in 2010. The G63 will be imported as a CBU and priced at Rs. 1.46 cr Ex Showroom Mumbai. The G63 AMG is visually distinguished from their standard siblings by a two-slat grille, a deeper front bumper with larger air ducts, red brake callipers and unique 20-inch wheels. As with the outgoing G55 AMG, the G63 AMG also receives side mounted exhaust pipes that exit from underneath the rear doors on either side. The G63 AMG also comes with stop-start along with brake energy recuperation systems that contributes to better fuel economy. Key points: 5.5 liter V8 twin turbo engine. & Speed G Tronic Automatic gearbox 544 horsepower @5500 rpm Torque 760 Nm @2000 rpm The G63 goes from 0 to 100 kph in 5.4 secs and top speed is a restricted 210 kph The G63 also gets an updated dashboard with some curves as opposed to the boxy interior layout of the predecessor G55. Other features include Mercedes hi-tech Distronic Plus radar controlled cruise control system, Blind Spot Assist and the parking aid Partktronic, which now incorporates a reversing camera. The standard ESP (electronic stability program) has also been revised and now includes Trailer Stability Assist and a hill hold function. All G-class models are assembled by Mercedes-Benz partner Magna Styr.
  6. Nissan today launched the Nissan Safety Driving Forum in India. This is to create awareness for road safety and educate people on the importance of safety features in cars today. The event was launched in Mumbai today in the parking lot of InOrbit Mall Malad, Mumbai, where it will go on for the 16th and 17th of February 2013. The event is open for general public. This will be followed by events in Delhi and Chennai as well. Mr Takayuki Ishida, the M.D. and CEO of Nissan India and Mr Nitish Tipnis Director Sales and Marketing for Hover Automotive were present at the event. Mr Tipnis made it clear that there will be no compromise on safety in any of Nissan’s models or variant and that even the entry level base models will come with important safety features. There were 3 simulators that were kept at the event for every one to try. One specific one I would to mention is the simulator to emphasize seat belt importance where you would sit in a Nissan Micra and it would be flipped 360 degrees of course in slow motion thus illustrating how important belting up is today in the event of a rollover. Apart from that there were displays on road safety as well as the body shell of a Nissan Micra as well. Simulators focusing on Airbags and Braking systems were also seen. I did try the simulators myself and found them quite interesting In my opinion, this is an excellent initiative by Nissan. There should be more such event by manufacturers in the future More pictures in the next post
  7. Honda has launched the fourth-generation CR-V in India.The new CR-V is based on an all-new platform and comes with a blend of both quirky yet modern details. The new car is slightly shorter than the one it replaces, but thanks to some clever interior packaging, it offers a wider and more spacious cabin with more storage spaces. two engine options are on offer – a 2.0-litre petrol and a 185bhp 2.4-litre petrol, mated to a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic gearbox. The carmaker claims to have tweaked both engines for better fuel economy and performance. The smaller motor will be offered with a six-speed manual and a five-speed automatic. There are four variants on offer. The base 2.0L MT comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, six airbags, a multi-info display, dual zone A/C and an integrated audio system with CD/MP3/USB and iPod connectivity. The next variant, the 2.0L AT, comes with all the features but also gets a five-speed automatic gearbox with hill start assist and a foot-type parking brake. The 2.4L AT gets a more powerful 2.4-litre petrol motor that’s good for 185bhp. It comes with 4WD, sunroof, HID lamps with washer, a five-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and outer door handles with chrome trim. The top-end trim level is the 2.4L (AVN). It comes with all the features of the 2.4AT and also gets a 6.1-inch touch screen with Navigation, DVD/CD player with IPod, USB, Bluetooth and hands-free telephone connectivity. New Honda CR-V prices (ex-showroom, Delhi) 2.0 MT: Rs 19.95 lakh 2.0 AT: Rs 20.85 lakh 2.4 AT: Rs 22.40 lakh 2.4 AT AVN: Rs 23.85 lakh Read the Autocar India review here: http://www.autocarindia.com/Review/326779,2013-honda-cr-v-review-test-drive.aspx
  8. Looks like the hatch market will see another addition soon South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor will be launching an all-new compact car in India to take on Maruti Suzuki's Ritz and Swift, Codenamed BA, the new small car will come in its highly accepted fluidic design language and will be positioned between i10 and i20, as against the notion that it will replace the i10. Four people close to the developmentsaid that the new car will co-exist with the i10 in India and will be powered by a 1.1-litre diesel engine and 1.2-litre petrol engine. The project has been developed out of South Korea and over 100 Indian engineers have visited the R&D centre to work on this project. The car is currently undergoing testing in South Korea and is likely to hit the market just ahead of the festive season this year. The new small car is expected to have peak annual volumes of 1.5 lakh units within two years. Rakesh Srivastava, VP- sales & marketing, Hyundai Motor India Ltd, said, "As part of our corporate policy, we do not comment on speculation on future products Source:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/auto/automobiles/hyundai-to-drive-in-new-compact-car-ba-to-take-on-maruti-suzukis-ritz-swift/articleshow/18263737.cms
  9. Made by South Louisiana-based Marine Turbine Technologies (MTT), the Y2K has nothing less than a Rolls-Royce Allison 250-series gas turbine engine, usually found in, erm, helicopters. Unleashed on the world way back in 2000, the original Y2K hyperbike, the yellow one in the inset, had a 320-horsepower engine that, the brochure claims, made peak power at no less than 54,000rpm (compressor speed) and churned out more torque than a Lamborghini Gallardo. All in a motorcycle that weighed 30kg less than a Hayabusa! It even had 200-section rear tyres mounted on carbon-fibre wheels. Performance, as you might have already guessed, was off the charts. In the time it takes a Veyron to do 180kph, the Y2K would do 320kph (5.4sec, and we’re wondering how the rider hung on!) and top speed was an eye-watering 402kph. Then, since that absurd top speed and 320bhp simply wasn’t enough for everybody, MTT introduced a 420bhp version called the Y2K Streetfighter. This one had a larger swingarm, wider 240-section rear tyres, bigger fuel tank and an enhanced cooling system. Cut to the present and MTT is working on the red bike you see. Due for its launch in the United Kingdom in mid-2013, it’s the latest version of the Y2K that uses a Rolls-Royce 250 C-20B gas turbine engine rated to 420bhp and a claimed, if yet unproven, top speed of 440kph. It is currently undergoing wind-tunnel testing in the UK to determine what changes should be made to allow the bike to run at such speeds without, you know, taking off. The best bit is that MTT is currently thinking of selling it in India. It has, in fact, imported one example of the Y2K here via its distributor, Viva Motorsports, to gauge Indian interest. It will be on display at The India Bike Week in Goa on the 2nd and 3rd of February 2013, so us mere mortals can eyeball it and hopefully hear its fighter-jet-like exhaust note as well. As for the money, the Y2K retails for Rs 1 crore in the US of A, so expect it to cost roughly twice that if and when it comes to India. The Y2k was recently showcased at the Parx and Autocar Supercar Show in Mumbai. Here is a video of the startup at the show
  10. Here are pictures of the new Mercedes GL (codename X166) being tested in India sent by a reader of Autocar India As seen from the pictures, the GL spotted is the GL 350 BlueTEC diesel version. The distinct front bumper and additional trim-bits on the exterior point it to be as an AMG sport version of the GL. The AMG Sport package consists of 21-inch alloy wheels, perforated 19 inch disc brakes, custom front and rare AMG bumpers, flared wheel-arch extensions and illuminated running boards. The GL 350 BlueTEC is powered by a 2987cc turbo-common rail diesel motor which is good for 255bhp and 63.2kgm of torque mated to a 7-speed G-Tronic automatic gearbox. Initially, all GL will be imported as completely built units. Like the smaller M-Class, Mercedes plans to assemble the GL in India from SKD kits imported from the USA by end of this year.
  11. Jaguar goes the CKD-way with XF 2.2

    Jaguar has launched the XF with a 2.2 four cylinder diesel engine putting out 187 bhp. The XF is now being assembled at the Chakan plant in Pune where the Freelander is also assembled making it the second JLR product to see local assembly. Looks wise the distinguishing factors from the 3.0 litre model is the single exhaust pipe and the absence of the 'S' badge on the boot. But it does get a lot of goodies like satellite navigation and a switch that allows rear passengers to slide the front passenger seat back and forth. Other small but significant additions to an equipment list that also includes a reverse camera, dual-zone climate control, paddle-shifters, keyless go, a sunroof, Bluetooth connectivity and USB and aux-in ports. The XF 2.2 is available at a price of Rs. 44.5 lakhs (Ex Showroom Mumbai) Read Autocar India's review on the 2.2 XF here http://www.autocarindia.com/Review/269350,new-jaguar-xf-22-diesel-review-test-drive.aspx/1
  12. Audi today launched the facelifted model of its R8 in India at a price of Rs 1.34 crore (Ex showroom Delhi) for the V8 variant. It will also be available in as a V10. The V10 which is Lamborghini sourced puts out 518 bhp. The single biggest change to the R8 is the gearbox; the single-clutch robotised manual of old has been replaced by a dual-clutch unit. Developed specifically for the R8, the wet twin-clutch unit helps cut the 0-100kph time down by almost half a second, the ton now coming up in a claimed 3.8 seconds. And the top speed is 311kph. With the facelift, Audi has launched a new ‘Plus’ version of the R8 V10 coupé. It uses ultra-light forged wheels and carbon-ceramic brakes, which alone save 2kg. The front splitter is made of light carbon fibre, as are the rear diffuser and the R8’s trademark side blades. It all adds up to shave 50kg off the kerb weight of the standard R8 V10. The engine bay is lined with carbon fibre too, and that jewel of a motor now develops 542bhp. That means it’s finally on par with Lamborghini’s entry-level Gallardo LP550-2. And that is very good news. Here is a link to Autocar India's review http://www.autocarindia.com/Review/329354,audi-r8-facelift-review-test-drive.aspx
  13. Supercars are coming into India quick and how. Just after the global launch, Lamborghini is all set to launch the Aventador Roadster in India on the 25th of January 2013. The Roadster will be similar to the coupe except for a few changes. the rear pillar has been redesigned to offer total support for the removable roof and a new engine hood that features a central "spinal column" with two pairs of hexagonal windows connected at the sides. The new Aventador Roadster is being offered with a two-piece roof made entirely from carbon fiber that can be stored in the front luggage compartment. Rest of the madness remains the same Stay tuned to this thread for more details, prices and pictures.
  14. The Maruti D'zire has enjoyed super success in the Indian market. The Maruti brand name, a very fuel efficient diesel engine and stellar after sales service makes it unbeatable. But things could change with the Honda Amaze on the horizon. A sub 4 metre sedan based on the Brio with a diesel engine, Hondas first for India will take the fight directly to the Dzire. All Honda needs to do is price it right. Word is that there will be heavy localisation from day 1 itself and being sub 4 metre will get the Amaze added benefits too. Should Maruti be a worried lot? Will the Amaze be the car that will be a game changer for Honda ? What do you think? Read Honda Amaze review here Read Swift Dzire review here
  15. According to reports, Swedish luxury car maker said it is conducting a feasibility study on setting up car manufacturing facilities in emerging economies, including India, as it targets to nearly double its global sales to 800,000 units by 2020 from present 440,000 units. Source : http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/volvo-explores-possibilitysettingcar-plant-in-india/200750/on What are your views on this?
  16. Iveco, trucking arm of Fiat Group is all seraching it's way to the Indian truck market, which abounds with local and global manufacturers who have been surging ahead with new and high performance models. India is the fourth largest truck market in the world and is all set to overtake even the United States which is currently in third position. Many foreign truck manufactures have entered the Indian markets in the past five years. MAN, Scania, Foton and Volvo have all brought in their models into the country and even set up exclusive dealerships and service centers to cater to the needs of local buyers. Iveco, of the Italian Fiat Group is all set to enter India along with a local partner. It is rumored that Iveco has been holding rounds of talks with major truck companies in India along with Tata Motors. Iveco was also in partnership in the country providing technical support for Ashok Leyland in which they held a 15% share which they later sold to Hinduja Group in 2006 for Rs.600 crores. Progress for Iveco has been slow. The company has been in talks with Tata Motors since 2007 and is still trying to make its way into Indian markets, which is seeing increased growth in the past few years. Future growth to the tune of 8% to 10% is predicted with sales reaching well over the 3 lakh unit per annum mark which is why major trucking companies are heading in this direction.
  17. After Tata Motors picking up JLR few years ago, another iconic British marque may also come under India ownership. According to news on bloomberg.com, Aston Martin’s controlling shareholder, Investment Dar Co., has approached potential buyers for the maker of luxury sports cars featured in James Bond movies, said five people with knowledge of the matter. The Kuwaiti company, which owns 64 percent of Gaydon, U.K.- based Aston Martin, has hired Rothschild to advise on the sale, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (MM), the Indian automaker, is among potential suitors Investment Dar has approached in recent few months, two of the people said. Source and full story here : http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-09/aston-martin-owner-said-to-approach-suitors-for-carmaker.html
  18. Hyundai is looking to get the new Santa Fe to India by 2013. It will be powered by a 2.2 litre diesel motor with 194 bhp on tap. Internationally, two versions of the new Santa Fe exist. There’s the normal 4689mm (2700mm wheelbase) version for markets where urban agility is more important, and a long, 4905mm (2800mm wheelbase) version that replaces the Veracruz in the USA. Despite our infatuation with imposing road presence and acres of cabin space when it comes to SUVs, we are likely to get the shorter version, currently being produced in the USA. This is the third gen Santa Fe and also carries the Fludic Design philosophy seen in other Hyundai models on our roads. However it gets its own design dialect called 'Storm Edge' Hyundai will be looking to price the new Santa Fe between Rs. 24 to 25 lakhs. Things seem to be hotting up in the premium SUV market with many players joining the game. This is only good news for the customer who will get spoilt for choice.
  19. Honda Brio Automatic: Spy Pics

    A Gearheads.in member ‘Mr Ace’ has brought forward images of the Honda Brio Automatic caught in what appears to be a stockyard. Considering the AT box is caught on a model with alloys and fog lamps, there is a very good chance that it will be only offered on a top-of-line variant. The Honda Brio is already offered with a 4-speed CVT in Thailand and Indonesia. We are expecting the same unit to hit the Indian shores. The Honda Brio AT will compete against the automatic variants of A Star and Hyundai i10. It will be priced at around Rs. 60,000 more than the manual version. (Gearheads.in/IAB)
  20. Honda has given a teaser of it upcoming Brio based sedan (Black car) . This car is said to hit the Indian market in 2013 and will be powered by a 1.5 litre diesel engine. It is also said that it will be a sub 4 meter sedan which will give it excise benefits. Honda seems to have a winner on its hands and this has everything to become the king of its segment. And atlast from the teaser pic it seems to be a decent looker as well Question is is this car the ace up Honda's sleeve which can turn out to be a Dzire , Verito and Indigo CS killer? With a right price I feel so Last pic credit and source: IndianAutosBlog
  21. BMW today launched the 6 Series Grand Coupe in India at an event in Mumbai. The event began with a speech from Mr Phillip von Sahr, President BMW Group India. Some high points from his speech: CKD production in India will be increased. The new 7 Series will be introduced in India in 2013. The 7 Series will be locally assembled in India starting mid 2013. BMW has confirmed the entry of the 1 Series in India by end 2013 and it will be locally produced. Expect the new X6 and X1 to be introduced in the next 3 months Prices across the BMW range will be increased at the beginning of next year P.S. BMW has also confirmed the Mini diesel for India in 2013 Post the speech was a fashion show where renowned designer Manish Malhotra showcased his new collection which was was followed by the unveiling of the 6 Grand Coupe. The Grand Coupe has been launched at an all India ex showroom price of Rs. 86.40 lakhs. It will be available diesel as the 640d and will be a CBU. Deliveries begin November 2012 Here are some pictures from the event. Detailed pictures of the 6 Grand Coupe will follow in the subsequent posts:
  22. Mercedes launched a new variant of its new ML SUV, the 250CDi for Rs. 46.5 lakhs Ex showroom Delhi. This makes it cheaper than the 350 by around Rs. 10.4 lakhs. This makes it go directly against the X3 from BMW and Audi's Q5. Mercedes has lost out big time against its rivals in recent times. Can this new variant grab a slice of the big German pie? Whats your pick of the three SUVs?
  23. Pics: Toyota Fortuner Boot Camp Delhi

    Toyota recently held a boot camp Delhi for Fortuner owners. Owners got to experience what their cars are capable of since most of the times their SUVs are most of the time driven in urban traffic conditions. The Landcruiser was also seen at the event Check out the whole gallery here: http://www.autocarin...-gallery,1.aspx
  24. A year after launching the petrol model in India, Mercedes finally launches the R 350 CDI Diesel MPV. What would this one basically compete with? The 5-series GT? or Merc's own M-Class? Full Story here
  25. So finally Volkswagen has finally confirmed that they will introduce a 1.5 liter 4 cylinder diesel engine in the Polo but dont rejoice just yet. This will happen not before 2014. Two years to go. What do you think this car will be priced at? Pricing is definitely going to be crucial for this version of the Polo to succeed. Opinions?